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Illuminating Cinema


When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!

Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.

In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, and a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).

A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases. Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.

Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!

Illuminating Cinema: The Hitch-Hiker

Sun., March 31, 2019

Directed by Ida Lupino. US. 1953. NR. 1 hour 11 minutes. Kino. Digital Restoration.

Ida Lupino had always disliked the superficially feminine roles she was often offered as a screen actress, yet it is surprising that the only female member of the Hollywood Director’s Guild in the early 1950s would make a film with no women in it at all. The plot of The Hitch-Hiker is simple: a gritty noir about a criminal (William Talman) who kidnaps two friends (Edmond O’Brien . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Midnight Cowboy

Sun., April 14, 2019

Directed by John Schlesinger. US. 1969. R. 1 hour 53 minutes minutes. MGM. Digital.

Convinced of his irresistible appeal to women, Texas dishwasher Joe Buck (Jon Voight) quits his job and heads for New York City, thinking he’ll latch on to some rich dowager. New York, however, is not as hospitable as he imagined, and Joe soon finds himself living in an abandoned building with a small-time con man named Enrico “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). The two form a rough alliance, and . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Cleo from 5 to 7

Sun., May 19, 2019

Directed by Agnès Varda. France. 1962. NR. 1 hour 30 minutes minutes. Kino Lorber. Digital.

Selfish pop singer Cléo (Corinne Marchand) has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they . . .

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